Former Pakistan coach Javed Miandad, post U-19 World Cup defeat, cited out the shortcomings within Pakistan Cricket recently. Miandad mentioned there lies a huge void between the infrastructure of Indian and Pakistan cricket.
The legend of the game believes these voids got exposed during the semi-finals of the tournament. Pakistan lost to Indian colts by a massive margin of 203 runs. Miandad further hailed Virat Kohli as the best in the world today.
“Winning and losing is part of the game but when I watched the semi-final I could see the gap between the two teams in terms of game sense, professionalism and system. One main reason for that is Virat Kohli. He is without a doubt the best today. He has the technique and temperament and approach to get runs anywhere. We are not producing players of his calibre for a number of reasons,” explained Javed Miandad according to Mid-Day.
The 60-year old claimed Pakistan Cricket Board’s sole focus is on the PSL while lacking at the domestic and U19 level.
“They don’t seem to understand the importance of U-19 cricket or domestic cricket. Their main focus is the PSL. But even for the PSL to become better and greater, we need to first salvage our cricket system,” Miandad added.
Miandad advised the cricketing body to groom young talents and build a solid system in place. Furthermore, Javed Miandad professed Pakistani players should work on their games by drawing a leaf off Kohli’s books.
“We won the Champions Trophy out of nowhere. It was a great performance and it injected life into cricket in Pakistan. But we manage to do this only because of our raw talent. Just imagine if that talent is groomed through a proper selection system and in a strong cricket system what we can achieve,” further stated the man with over 16,000 runs for Pakistan.
“To make matters worse present cricketers, I don’t think are spending enough time individually on sharpening their skills. Fitness is very important but so is working on one’s skill level. Kohli has improved over the years and one can see he works hard individually on his game,” concluded Javed Miandad.